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AIDS Activists Arrested Thursday – But Get Results

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Twenty-Six AIDS Activists were arrested in the Capitol Rotunda yesterday (after chaining themselves together to protest what they called President Obama’s inaction on HIV – AIDS issues. The protest was organized by AIDS group Housing Works.

Director of National Organizing Larry Bryant says the group needed to spark a sense of urgency in the President and Congress.

Bryant: “The urgency hasn’t been reflected because a lot of the issues surrounding HIV and AIDS, particularly syringe exchange stigma, homophobia, homelessness, poverty, down the line – are seen as politically dangerous topics to talk about.”

Bryant says the message definitely got through. Within hours of the protest, he says Health and Human Services Director Kathleen Sebelius had contacted his group to find out what she could do to help. But, Bryant says, until action is taken, activists will continue to protest.

Bryant: “I think as long as people are dying unnecessary deaths, as long as people are homeless, and not receiving quality and comprehensive health care whether here in the states or around the world, then we have to do whatever it takes to make sure that we continue to develop that urgency. We can’t go to sleep.”

Bryant and 25 others were charged with unlawful assembly and disorderly conduct, charged a 50 dollar fine, and released after about seven hours in jail.

 -Aaron McQuade

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Written by OutQ News staff

July 10, 2009 at 2:15 PM

Posted in Uncategorized

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